India’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan ready: official

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NEW DELHI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — The COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan is ready in India and all paraphernalia, deep freezers and refrigerators have reached different states across the country, said an official at the federal health ministry on Tuesday.

Secretary of Ministry of Health Rajesh Bhushan said “29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in coolers, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-lined refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used. All these equipment have already reached state governments.”

He said adverse events following immunization are a critical issue. “When we undertake a universal immunization program, which has been done for decades, then some adverse effects are seen in children and pregnant women after vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. V.K. Paul, member of the central government-run thinktank NITI Aayog said that this week the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted clearance for clinical trials for one more candidate vaccine from India.

Genoa company, with the help of Indian government’s research agency Department of Biotechnology, has developed a vaccine, he said, adding that currently six vaccines are undergoing clinical trials.